Welcome to Alachua Astronomy Club!

The Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. (AAC), located in Gainesville (county seat of Alachua County) in North Central Florida, USA, is a publicly supported, not for profit organization of people who enjoy looking at stars and planets and who love to communicate their excitement about the heavens to others.

Members Only page contains a member directory and other information for the exclusive use of members.

Join our email group conversations at Groups.io.

If you're just starting out and would like to learn more, the Observing Resources page can help you out. We encourage all persons interested in the moon, planets, stars and other astronomical objects to use this site to learn more, find out about Star Parties and other events at the Event Calendar, and it is so simple to Join Us in observing the wonders of the cosmos!

Weather Go /No-Go Messages

Star Party events at Newberry Star Park are contingent on weather. To receive a Go / No-Go message no later than 12 noon on day of the event, be sure to register for the event. To register, click on the event in the Event Calendar at right. Then follow the prompts.

Event Calendar

7 Mar 2024 7:00 PM • Private Dark Sky Site in Jonesville
12 Mar 2024 7:00 PM • Kika Silva Pla Planetarium & Zoom
16 Apr 2024 7:00 PM • Kika Silva Pla Planetarium & Zoom
11 Jun 2024 7:00 PM • Kika Silva Pla Planetarium & Zoom

The Alachua Astronomy Club conducts its monthly meetings in the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College. The meetings are hybrid, i.e., conducted in-person at the planetarium and also broadcast via Zoom, but when we have an in-person guest speaker attendance is encouraged. All are welcome.

To register and receive a Zoom link, members of the public should click on the meeting notice in the Event Calendar above.

Alachua Astronomy Club is a public, not for profit entity, exempt from federal income tax under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, organized to promote the science of astronomy by:
  • Providing opportunities for the local community to learn about and become interested in astronomy, such as, but not limited to, astronomy lectures, demonstrations, and sky observing events.
  • Making astronomy in general more accessible and visible to the general public, through public and media outreach.
  • Providing opportunities, at low cost, for its general membership to learn and improve skills related to amateur astronomy, such as, but not limited to, sky observing, amateur scientific research, and the selection, construction, and use of astronomical equipment.
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